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Policy Condition for federated users


hi all, trying to understand how to write a resource policy where I want to DENY every user identity access unless that user identity has a permission set attached to it. So far I've got this but I am certain I've got the thinking wrong. Because if I run it then ${AWS:UserId} will be replaced by the identity of the account that is deploying the resource.

In a SSO setup, I've created few groups with users in those groups. The groups have permissions attached to them. I want the users belonging to a specific group have the correct permissions when they login using SSO and assume role. Uses from other groups should get a DENY.

Open to suggestions and help. Thanks in advance.

"Condition": {
                "ArnNotEquals": {
                    "aws:Principal": "arn:aws:sts::${AWS::AccountId}:federated-user/${AWS:UserId}"
1 Answer


I understand that you want to write a resource policy to give least privilege policy to federated users.

Creating IAM Policies that grant least privilege is one of the best security practices[1] to create IAM role refer[2]. You can view the condition operators for Amazon Resource Name (ARN) on attached document[3]. The condition operator that you can use in a policy depends on the condition key you choose.

Please see the attached document [4] for reference identifiers.

I hope this helps






answered 3 months ago
  • thanks @Asisipho, I guess the problem here is that the policy will end up looking like this. With 50 odd users to add to the condition will make it tedious exercise.

    "Condition": {
                    "ArnNotEquals": {
                        "aws:Principal": "arn:aws:sts::123456789012:federated-user/JohnDoe",
                        "aws:Principal": "arn:aws:sts::123456789012:federated-user/Paulo",
                        "aws:Principal": arn:aws:sts::123456789012:federated-user/JaneDoe",
                        "aws:Principal": arn:aws:sts::123456789012:federated-user/User..n"

    Is there any other/better way to address OP's question. I am also looking for something similar.

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